Other names: Tom
Locations in this story: Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, DorsetMesopotamiaBasra Memorial, Basra, IraqVale Farm, Sutton Waldron, DorsetSixpenny Handley, DorsetIraqBlandford, Dorset
Story: Tom New was born in 1883 in Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley. He was the son of Esan New, a Traction Engine Driver and Ann New (nee Sanger). His siblings included Arthur New, born in 1877, who also died in the war . The family lived at Vale Farm, Sutton Waldron, Dorset. On 12th June, 1910 Tom married Ethel White at Sixpenny Handley and there was one child of the marriage, a daughter. At the time of the 1911 Census Tom was working as a Woodman and living at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. His mother died in 1911 and his father in 1913. He enlisted in Blandford, Dorset, as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 17738). He served in Mesopotamia and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died in Iraq on 1st July 1917 and his name appears on the Basra Memorial, Basra, Iraq (Panel 22 and 63). He is remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial. His wife, Ethel, was remarried to Francis Mitchell in 1922.